a small, long-limbed chimpanzee (Pan paniscus) of the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin of bonobo; from name in a local African language
A species of chimpanzee (Pan paniscus) found only in the Congo River basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having black hair and a more slender build than the common chimpanzee (P. troglodytes). Also called pygmy chimpanzee.
Origin of bonoboProbably from a misspelling of Bolobo, the name of a town on the Congo River (now in the Democratic Republic of Congo) that was labeled on the crates in which the first living bonobos were sent to Europe.